A local group donates books to 3rd graders

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In 2021, Fayette County Council P-16 raised funds to purchase and donate over 400 books to Fayette County third graders.

The Fayette County P-16 Council provides assistance in aligning resources that enable learners to successfully transition from the local educational environment to the global community.

The goal of the book project was to provide every third-grade student in Fayette County Schools with an inspirational book to encourage students to hone their literacy skills, inspire students to explore more non-traditional career paths, and give students the opportunity to read about the experiences of real-life heroes.

The books, selected from the Penguin Random House “Who Was…” biography series, were purchased from Books-n-More in Wilmington. The specific titles have been chosen to convey the life experience of individuals who have shown responsibility, responsibility and perseverance.

This week, members of Council P-16 delivered books to Miami Trace Elementary, Belle-Aire, and Fayette Christian School.

Donors for this project include: Allgeier Farm, Altrusa International of WCH, Riten Industries, WCR, Washington Rotary Club, Willis-Clark Insurance and YUSA Corporation. Altrusa also helped label and prepare the books.

Various professionals from each school district – Washington Court House City Schools (WCHCS), Miami Trace Local Schools (MTLS) and Fayette Christian Schools (FCS) – have reacted positively to the books.

Brian Cartwright, Principal of WCHCS Belle-Aire Intermediate, said, “We at Belle Aire Intermediate would like to thank P-16 for donating new books to our third graders. Our students and teachers are delighted to be part of it. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

FCS third-grade teacher YoLande Robinson said, “My class is beyond thrilled with their books. Many thanks for these precious gifts. We will cherish them.

MTLS Elementary Principal Justin Lanman said, Miami Trace Elementary is grateful to the P-16 Board for supporting third grade literacy through their generous donation. Our students are excited about the opportunity they have to read these new books. We have a great community that continually supports educational efforts, and P-16 is a great representation of that support. On behalf of the third grade teachers, students and administration, we would like to express our sincere gratitude.

MTLS Superintendent Kim Pittser explained, “Miami Trace is grateful to the community organizations and partnerships that continue to support the educational journeys of our students. Thank you to Council P-16 for organizing this event which highlights the importance of literacy, and thank you to the many companies who made donations for the purchase of the books.

Sarah Nichols, director of the Carnegie Public Library, provided information for this article.

Pictured are Washington Court House City School students Bailee B., Anessa D., Cate S., Regan B., Kasey L., Aryanna C., Enrique C. and Phoebe P. with their new books donated by Fayette County Council P-16. Watch for photos of students from the other two districts with their books next week.

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